Richard Gabriel, left, chats with Gov. John Hickenlooper before Gabriel was sworn in to the state Supreme Court Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

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A packed Colorado Supreme Courthouse hosted the swearing-in of new justice Richard Gabriel Monday.

Gabriel is a Yale graduate who has served on Colorado's Court of Appeals since 2008. He grew up in Brooklyn in a family that struggled financially.

“I never in my wildest dreams would have anticipated that I would be in this place from where I came," Gabriel said. 

Gabriel plays the trumpet and quoted the late baseball great Yogi Berra during his swearing-in speech.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Gabriel and says he brings a good mix to the court.

" has that wisdom. But he's also fun to be around," Hickenlooper said.

Gabriel replaces Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., who retired earlier this month.